Are Aliens Real?

This year scientists took a break from debating the necessary qualifications Pluto must need to be a planet and gave their attention to a mysterious interstellar object that recently visited our solar system. In fact, just last week Harvard astronomers theorized that this cigar-shaped object could be an alien spacecraft or probe of some kind.

Vape Life No More?

Vapers, it’s time to start stocking your pomegranate flavored pods, because New York might pass legislation banning most flavored e-cigarettes. Governor Cuomo and health officials are concerned with the rising rate of teen addiction to e-cigarettes, and have proposed heavy regulations to try and curb this worsening problem. E-cigarettes are marketed as a healthy alternative to cigarettes, but is that label inherently misleading?  Are there legitimate and negative health effects on teens that warrant a ban? Or is the government unfairly cracking down on a low risk product just because it is technically a drug?

Midterm Roundup: Viva la Democracia

On November 6, 2018 the Democrats won back the House, several Governorships, and state legislatures. However, they failed to achieve a victory similar in scale to that of the Tea Party wave of 2010. This is likely due to the increased polarization of society in the intermittent eight years. With that being said, 2018 can still be considered a victory for the Democrats due to the number of key races that they did win. More important than these victories though, is the impact that they will have on American society.

The Future of Tigers and Rhinos

The Chinese government has reversed a 25-year ban that will now allow for the use of tiger and rhino parts in medicine. The ban was established in 1993 as a way to protect the endangered tiger and rhino populations. In 2010, the World Federation of Chinese Medicine Societies outlawed the use of any parts from endangered species claiming that there was no evidence of medical gains from tiger bones or rhino horns. With only 30,000 rhinos and 3,900 tigers left in the wild, experts are worried that the demands for these animals will rise; this will make it harder to protect these animals from extinction.
The Chinese government claims that the use of the tigers and rhinos will solely be used for medical purposes by qualified doctors. The usage of these parts are restricted to those individuals who are in critical condition and may not have any other medical alternatives.

An Interview with Fordham’s Favorite Bouncer

It’s the tail end of the 1980s in New Haven, Connecticut, and Daniel Morse’s 4th grade teacher gives his class an assignment: create a business. Make it as creative and colorful as you want. That’s how Dan came to craft Captain Dan’s, the finest restaurant and bar in the Connecticut public school system — a creation that also carried a certain precognition.

Senseless Violence: When Will It End?

Another day, another shooting. The latest Thousand Oaks shooting makes 307 mass shootings in 311 days. A mass shooting is defined as the violent killing of 3 or more people by any type of gun. It is evident that the United States has an epidemic of mass murders, and that they lack the governmental leadership to end it. President Trump has shown no sympathy for those affected by gun violence under his presidency. After the Parkland shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, Trump visited only the families who are registered Republicans. He did not even call the rest to offer condolences. He did visit a survivor in the hospital, and inappropriately said “He’s a sick puppy” in reference to shooter Nicholas Cruz, and took smiling photos with the victim.

The Sensationalism of Female Virginity

C’mon, ladies. Would you rather be a porcelain teacup or a red solo cup? My friend recounts the words of her high school health teacher and I shudder. I’m disappointed and appalled by the blatant slut-shaming young girls are being fed. Authority figures are supposed to educate with logic and reason, not through cheap scare tactics. But I can’t say I’m surprised by any of this. Since the dawn of time, female virginity has been socially constructed in a way that male virginity has not. Archaic cross-cultural thinking has persisted throughout centuries as women are generally expected to remain “pure” until they are married.